The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England.
The White Princess opens as the news of the battle of Bosworth is brought to Princess Elizabeth of York, who will learn not only which rival royal house has triumphed, Tudor or York, but also which suitor she must marry: Richard III her lover, or Henry Tudor her enemy.
A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle, and create a new royal family with him and his ambitious mother: Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen. But, while the new monarchy can win, it cannot, it seems, hold power in an England which remembers the House of York with love.
The new king’s greatest fear is that somewhere, outside England, a prince from the House of York is waiting to invade and re-claim the throne for the house of York. Fearing that none of his new allies can be trusted, Henry turns to his wife to advise him, all the time knowing that her loyalties must be divided. When the young man who would be king finally leads his army and invades England, it is for Elizabeth to decide whether she recognizes him as her brother and a claimant to the throne, or denies him in favor of the husband she is coming to love....
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I love Philippa Gregory and have read most of her books, but I have had so much trouble finishing this one. I've been reading it since May and I am only have way thru. I have read 10 books since I bought this one. And I don't think I will finish it. It's just boring, it drags, it's a waste of time. A real shame!!!
If you loved The White Queen as much as I did, you'll very much enjoy this sequel. Both The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter provided insight and fullness to the story presented in The White Queen by presenting that same story from different perspectives. However, this novel was the first true sequel to that story, transitioning from the Cousins' War to the beginnings of the Tudors. A great read but a very sad one as well.
fantastic story performed brilliantly by Bianca Amato. I loved the history and the narration. great book.
Phillips Gregory's The White Princess is great fun. Enjoy this spicy and entertaining story of the York side in the War of the Roses and Elizebeths Woodvilles POV and part in this super drama. This was well read and was very happy with this selection.
I write this in the understanding that this book, for the most part, is based on actual historical events. Mostly, it was a depressing read. On the whole it was frustrating, watching as the titular White Princess shuffle about her world demurely, while at the same time claiming a fierce independence or what have you, that nobody ever sees. I don't even know that her story is worthy of a whole book. She was, as she her self says in the story, to be remembered as-- first, the daughter of a king, and then the mother of a king, and then the wife of a king. She was a brilliantly beautiful mother, and she loved her children, this is plain, both historically, and here. It could be argued that Elizabeth never tried to exercise the power that was hers by right of being Queen, indeed a much needed queen, to simply keep peace, in a lifetime fraught by uncertainty and war. She might have had other sisters lined up to take her place, but if she had for a moment publicly showed any displeasure, she might have been able to get the power that many apparently wanted to afford a royal member of the House of York. But, hey. History was history, and this was bloody boring. Might as well have just made it The Red Queen II: Rise of Tudor.
To sum up the book, Elizabeth falls kinda in love with her rapist and always say I don't know! And they are running around from the pretender King her brother. I really wanted to love this book but it was so boring! Every chapter was the same, I was able to skip 25 chapters and still understand the plot.
I enjoy this series but I feel like part of the story kept being repeated in dragged on. Unabridged version of this book would be suitable to cover the material. The performance by the reader was good.
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